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>> ♪ >> "action news." delaware valley's leading news program with matt o'donnell, tamala edwards, karen rogers and meteorologist, david murphy. >> ♪ >> hello and good morning everyone its 5 o'clock on this wednesday january 3rd and here's what we're following for you on "action news". >> a winter storm watch has been issued for parts of the area. accuweather is tracking how much snow it could bring to the region. >> the frigid temperatures keep causing water mains to break across the area leaving some neighborhoods without water pressure. >> and new this morning, two drivers are injured in a crash including a housing authority police officer. >> the cold, the coastal storm, we have it all with david and karen. >> and getting even colder. there's a lot going on in the forecast. >> well, let's talk about today first of all. heading into this nor'easter as you take a look at the weather center we're not looking too bad. we've got a lot of sunshine on the way early. however, later on in the evening hours and then tonight
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and overnight into tomorrow morning in the very least we are looking at snow arriving and there's a winter storm watch highlighted in these bright pink shades along the coastal counties of delaware and new jersey and an advisory has been posted up to the delaware river and then up through dover in delaware. in all of these areas travel could be difficult especially overnight tonight and then in through tomorrow morning. in terms of what's going on right now, though, again, sunshine a plenty a little later this morning and then this cloud cover that you see welling up from the south in association with that approaching coastal storm will start to overtake us as we go through the day. temperatures on the way out the door are still qualifying for coat weather definitely and heavy coat at that. 11 degrees in trenton, 16 degrees in philadelphia. 12 in wilmington. we drop to four in allentown and just 2 degrees in reading. a little bit better down through south jersey. some spots in the mid spent as you get closer to the coast aren't the winds are a factor this morning. not as bad as they've been recently. in fact in some cases you've got wind chill values the same
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along the temperature and that would indicate very light winds. so, we're getting a little better in that regard. and as we go through the afternoon temperatures are going to moderate and it won't be as harsh later on. by 11 o'clock we're up to 23 and we get up to about 30 or so for a high. this model has 29. do notice how the cloud cover is increasing. in terms of snow arriving, it looks like it's going to hold off a little bit. probably until about 11 o'clock to midnight before it starts to push into the shore. and some models have it only pushing up about halfway to philadelphia from the shore by about 4:00 in the morning and then beginning to get a little bit closer to us after that. there are other that is have the placement farther to the west though. we'll go over that variability coming up in a moment and give you a shot at our snowfall estimate for what's going to be on the ground by the time this is all said and done tomorrow. karen, that's coming up. what have you got in traffic right now. >> we've got problems right now in cherry hill. this is our breaking news. yet another water main break in a busy area and the action cam is now live on the scene showing us this area. you got to watch out for ice anywhere you're going to get water main breaks.
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we're looking live at the latest water main break on busy route 70 eastbound. you're seeing cars move by. you see the cones there as well. it's the left lane that remains blocked on route 70 and we can see also they've got the crews out there trying to deal with this. looks like the road may have buckled a little bit as well. dealing with that on route 70 cherry hill camden county, 70 eastbound. this is just past kings highway. if you know cherry hill, i mean, everybody is going and the on 70 eastbound past kings highway. that's a busy area and people off traveling that come off the ben franklin bridge. watch for ice out there, water main break blocking the left lane. we'll have to see how long they stay out here today but traffic is moving by but one lane blocked. it's not our only water main break of course. in cheltenham, cheltenham avenue at coventry avenue. another on woodland avenue at old soldier's road. west conshohocken we have this water main break from yesterday and the road buckling on balligomingo road near front street. this remains blocked. stick to 320 or matsonford road as well. on the vine street expressway we've got this bag of trash,
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it's been blocking the right lane and the shoulder so watch for that one as you're heading out as well, tam. lot going going on. >> people waking up to no water or low water pressure. even as crews have worked through the night to repair water main breaks in montgomery county f "action news" reporter jeanette reyes is live along balligomingo road in west conshohocken with the latest. good morning, jeanette. >> reporter: good morning, tam. this was an icy complicated mess. we're talking about a massive 30-inch water main but we just got word they might wrap up as soon as 9, 10 o'clock this morning. they're putting down that segment of new pipe into the ground. >> i know that since this morning the pressures have begun to build up and recover. we're hoping to be within a 24-hour period, we hope to be back up to full pressure and the leak repaired. >> reporter: nearly 24 hours after a major water main break, crews are still working here in west conshohocken off of balligomingo road.
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the massive 30-inch main burst yesterday morning causing the road to buckle and power lines to come down. the summer wood corporation buildings suffered flooding damage once that water came gushing downhill. >> flooded everything out here, came through the building, out the back door. >> we're going to run off a generator and they're going to have to work around the clock to get it fixed. >> reporter: if homes weren't flooded they most likely saw loss of power and water service. about 1,000 customers saw their service interrupted just after the main ruptured. >> we don't have children, young children in the house but i can't imagine if, you know -- for parents who do i can't imagine the hardship. this is crazy. >> reporter: and coming back out live to us, you can see that clamp that they're going to put down in the ground about 30-inches there and you can't stress enough really how dependent people are on this. a business owner came up to me and said he's trying to decide whether or not he should open up the business today. he has 150 employees that are ready to come to work. so, if this holds true and
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they're done by 9, 10 o'clock this morning, i'm sure a lot of people here both residents and homeowners will be happy about that. we'll let you know as soon as we get confirmation and a more exact time and of course if anything changes. reporting live in west conshohocken, jeanette reyes channel6 "action news." matt. >> hopefully it will be soon. thank you jeanette. frozen water mains are rupturing in communities across the area because of these cold temperatures. water was bubbling up to the surface along the 5300 block of addison street in west philadelphia last night and quickly froze. the entire street was blocked off as some sections turned to ice and the rest flowed downhill into the sewers. no word on how long the repairs at this location will take. this bitter cold has led to vehicles across the delaware valley to tell their drivers, sorry, i'm taking a nice long break. aaa says it responded to more than 2,000 calls for roadside assistance just yesterday in the philadelphia five county area and most of those calls involved dead batteries.
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>> 32 degrees, you're looking about 35 percent of your battery life is gone and at 0 degrees you're looking at 60 percent of your battery life is gone. >> mechanics recommend carrying a portable charging system in your vehicle plus check the air pressure on your vehicle's tires. cold air will condense, lowering tire pressure as the temps drop. and with the chance of snow in some areas during tomorrow morning's commute "action news" is starting early. we'll be tracking the snowfall and the impact on traffic tomorrow morning at 4:00. >> new overnight an officer with the philadelphia housing authority is recovering after a car crash. it happened around 12:30 this morning at the intersection of 45th street and woodland avenue in southwest philadelphia. the officer's car then ended up hitting a parked car. the driver in the other vehicle was also being treated for injuries. no word on who was at fault. >> also new, tensions between north korea and the u.s. remain high even as north korea says it will reopen a long suspended cross border hotline with south korea. the move helps pave the way
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for official talks between the two sides about sending a north korean delegation to the next month's winter olympics in south korea. the announcement comes after president trump responded to kim jong un's new year's day speech where he said there was a nuclear button on his desk and his missiles could strike the u.s. last nigh threat of his own. will someone from this depleted and food starved regime please inform him that i, too, have a nuclear button but it is a much bigger and more powerful one than his, and my button works. >> all right. let's turn now to dave murphy and it just feels like cold snow, cold snow. >> yeah, kind of, right? we do have some moderation at the end of the seven-day but all eyes are on the nor'easter and as we take a look at storm tracker6 live double scan of course there's nothing out there just yet. n fact we have clear skies over the commodore barry bridge. you can see the plane taking all from philadelphia international airport up the
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river and it's cold this that way until very late tonight t currently 16 degrees in philadelphia, though, so you will want the winter coat the extra layers all that good stuff. just 4 degrees currently in allentown and only two in reading. 12 degrees in wilmington, 11 in trenton and 24 degrees in cape may. little bit of a wind chill but winds overall not that bad. again, satellite showing you the need for shades early. you can see these clouds creeping up south of roanoke, virginia, though and that is in association with that coastal storm coming up for later tonight and tomorrow. in the lehigh valley sun will give way to clouds today. it won't be as harsh with a high of 28 a-little bit of a wind chill but not as bad as yesterday and in philadelphia -- i should say at the shore 34 degrees, sun giving way to clouds, not as bad there as well. and in philadelphia, sun giving way to clouds, not nearly as bitter today with an afternoon high of 31. you'll still want some extra gear but today isn't a bad day to get out there and get some things done. the winds overall not really running all that strong. now overnight tonight that storm gets closer to us. the winds pick up dropping down out of the north around
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the top of that area of low pressure. lots of clouds building and snow will be arriving probably after midnight and overnight low of 23, there would support at the outset anyway sort of a light fluffy snow. in terms of the arrival looks like it's going to be delayed a little bit. we're looking at it coming down the shore around 11:00 or midnight. and there's variation on the models as to how far west this can actually push. this model run has 4 o'clock position, about halfway between the shore and philadelphia and not really in the i-95 corridor just yet. and then while it does put a little bit of snow out to the western suburbs it very quickly kicks the storm off the coast. not all models agree with this. the euro, for example, throws at least light snow all the way back up into allentown from this storm and areas very close to philadelphia down about halfway to two-thirds of the way to atlantic city, would get about one to 3 inches of snow with even more down the coast. probably about three to six, maybe a couple of spots going higher than that. so, as you'd expect when you look at the various model projections for philadelphia,
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you got a wide range. i don't want you to get too scared by this nam foot of snow, very likely in the next run that will come down again. we do think this one to 3-inch variety of snowfall is that probably more likely. and of course the rpm really holding it all over to the east. it will depend on the track of the storm. when you weigh everything right now, though, this is what we think is the most likely scenario. about one to 3 inches falling in the center portion of the region. three to 6 inches perhaps a couple of spots going a little bit higher in those coastal communities where we do have that winter storm warning out right now. and then a coating to an inch, maybe just a dusting in some spots and keep in mind that areas to the west there's going to be a really sharp cutoff between where you're getting nothing up to maybe 6-inches over to the shore. the track also with these nor'easters is always key. a little bit of a shift inland would raise the numbers. a shift out to sea would lower the numbers and either of those scenarios are still possible. but again, three to six down the shore and one to three inland seems likely.
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shore impacts tonight into thursday would include significant travel delays with that snow and also remember strong wind gusts out of this nor'easter will give you blowing and drifting snow. your exclusive accuweather 7-day forecast today's high 31 not as harsh. get out there and get stuff done because of all tomorrow's fun and then tomorrow a snowy start with snow probably dying down during the afternoon, 29 is your high. and then we have an accuweather alert for friday and saturday as well. bitter cold is back behind the storm. 17 degrees the high. sunshine but it won't help. the overnight low a record tying five i believe that is and then 15 degrees is the saturday high. still frigid. still an alert day with an overnight low of four which is also in record territory. you might have noticed though we get back up into the low 40's on monday, tuesday. >> what's absolute zero? is that like near four? that's probably a lot lower. >> yes. >> i think zero and four feel pretty much the same. >> absolute zero. >> absolute zero that's the kelvin scale. >> got to go out in the universe to experience that. we'll get into that later.
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5:12 now. a fireworks show did not go as planned. cell phone video shows the moment hundreds of fireworks went flying through a parking lot forcing spectators to run for cover. >> and forget snakes on a plane. instead it was a rodent that forced a flight to be canceled. a passenger describes what happened. karen. >> as we look outside live here this is the schuylkill at the vine street expressway. no overnight construction. everything opened. looking good for now. i'm going to take you to cherry hill and check on that water main break on a busy road. that's next. >> ♪
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>> ♪ >> just about 5:16, 16 degrees, chatting about long johns here in the studio. kudos to you if over the holidays you received a pair because you are certainly getting some use out of those babies. >> i've considered wearing them tomorrow 'cause i feel like it's going to be snowy. >> i'll wear some, too, how about that? >> i think we should all show up with long johns on. then we'll put on real clothes later. >> sure. >> it's a plan. i know i'm going to be the only one showing up. this is cherry hill -- this is a trick. 70 eastbound just east of kings highway we've got this water main break. i mean, we've been talking water main breaks constant. this is the newest one. the action cam is live on the scene. we can see the cones set up. the concern is that there's some ice on the road. they've got crews out here dealing with this right now. so you can watch this right near the pizza shop. we're seeing traffic move at this point but can you see the shine there? that's all ice that's on the road so you're really going to have to be
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careful as you travel through this area. it looks like they're trying to salt and sand the area, trying to deal with that right now so water main break blocking the left lane. busy stretch of highway in cherry hill. 70 eastbound just past kings highway. you'll have to deal with that. thanks action cam for freezing out there and checking the scene for us. here's west conshohocken. another water main break. this one from yesterday but still an issue on balligomingo road near front street. we've been watching jeanette reyes report on that one. in berks county we have some construction here on the turnpike eastbound approaching morgantown. one more live look. let's just check the roads in fort washington. no problems here. we're dry. that snow come doing late tonight into the overnight hours and tomorrow but today is a dry day. 4 degrees in quakertown, though, eight in warminster, 16 in center city. we've been talking about today it will feel a little better than yesterday but it's a cold start. 5 degrees in hammonton and a whopping seven in smyrna, delaware, tam. >> all right. thank you, karen. investigators now think they know what ignited hundreds of fireworks inside this car's trunk.
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this is what it looked like when hundreds of people ran for cover as fireworks shot through a parking lot in houston on new year's eve: herrera hassan's truck exploded in a massive light show after a lit fire work fell on top of the more than 600 packaged fireworks he had stashed in the trunk. amazingly no one was injured. hassan says his car is in need of serious repair but it's not totaled and he says he'll be back at it next new year's eve. he says he still plans on using fireworks to ring in 2019. and a rat boarded a plane at oakland international in northern california forcing everybody on board off. alaska airlines says passengers were boarding on the the flight heading to portland yesterday when the rat jumped from the jetway onto the plane. >> most people knew it was kind of beyond anyone's control but very frustrating that such a small animal could
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mess up everybody's plans. >> lift your feet t alaska airlines says it will be resuming flights after the plane has been gone over by a professional exterminator who certifies it rodent free. the aircraft also will be inspected for any damage. >> sixers host the spurs tonight. the team is still not sure if joel embiid will play. the center is listed as doubtful with a hand injury. embiid hurt his right hand during a game on sunday. x-rays were negative. >> ♪
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>> hey everybody. who is ready for a little moisture coming our way. >> and a water main break. >> all right. ready for none of it. let's take a look outside on the vine street expressway. matt, your favorite thing its a trashy traffic report. we've got a bag of trash and someone just doesn't want to pick it up blocking the right lane and the shoulder here on the vine street expressway at broad street. if that's your biggest problem today, you're lucky. burlington bristol bridge
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overnight construction is cleared. traffic is back to normal, dave. >> on the big board karen we've got cold numbers again for you to start out. 16 degrees in philadelphia, just four in allentown and reading, 12 in wilmington. a little bit of a wind chill out there as well. things are getting better as we go into the afternoon commute, though, we're starting out cold in the teens but later today we'll get a high of about 31 degrees. not a real strong wind pattern either and then for the evening commute for a change we're actually holding in the upper 20's. you'll still want your winter coat. all things considered that's a lot better than what we've had recently. big board at the airport shows all green aircraft. there is some snow falling in chicago and some rain down in orlando. otherwise, we are dry on our big travel destinations and by the way if you're headed up to the poconos this weekend look like a wind chill advisory friday evening until saturday. wind chills as low as 25 were below zero. >> thank you david. scientists trying to cure diabetes may have found an incredible unintended benefit a new medication to treat the effects of alzheimer's disease.
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researchers found the drug significantly reversed memory loss in mice which means it could reduce memory loss in humans in the future. alzheimer's experts say that the results are especially encouraging since there have been no new treatments for alzheimer's in nearly 15 years. >> 5:23 now. in the morning buzz, taylor swift pop singer with millions of fans is struggling to sell out her upcoming concert dates. there may be an alternative explanation. >> also a fire in new york city has injured three firefighters. they fell several feet when a staircase gave way but first up here's "gma"'s first look. >> in this morning's "gma" first look, a multi state manhunt for seven-year-old lulu bandera gray and her 14-year-old sister lily griffith missing after their mother tonya bates was found dead on new year's eve. >> our concern and our focus is bringing these two girls home safe. >> police issuing an amber alert who police believe are with this man 44-year-old terry a allen miles.
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authorities say he may be traveling with the girls in this gray car. police say they initially thought miles was heading to louisiana but tips leading authorities to the other side of the country with possible sightings in new mexico and colorado. >> we believe they're not with terri allen miles willingly. >> to hear something like this is very devastating. >> we'll have the latest on the manhunt coming up at 7:00 a.m. with your "gma" first look, i'm marcus moore, abc news, dallas. to go to any restaurant and eat almost anything? brittany ivy says, "simple. freestyle is freeing!" the new weight watchers freestyle program has over 200 foods that are zero points®! now you can count less and enjoy more. join for free and lose 10 lbs. on us! hurry, offer ends january 8th! fast like stop staring atcaps help youthe clock fast,,
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>> ♪ >> in the morning buzz tickets for taylor swift's upcoming tour are not selling as quickly in the past but that may not mean the berks county native is losing fans. it could be due to a new strategy to sell tickets and probably make more money. it's called slow ticketing. fans must register in advance while ticket prices are set higher. the lag means no more instant sellouts but probably more money. there are still plenty of seats available to see swift's reputation tour when she comes to philadelphia in july. the cheapest tickets are listed at $175. the popular host of hgtv's fixer upper expecting maybe number five. chip and joanna gains made the announcement last year. the couple said last year this would be the last season for their show which is currently in season five. tam. >> well, congratulations to them. a winter storm watch has been issued for parts of our area as a powerful nor'easter draws closer. we're timing out when the snow
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customers without service for the entire day. >> lotto fever is spiking. tonight's powerball and friday's mega millions are now worth more than 850 million bucks combined. >> the calm before the snow. a winter storm watch is already in effect for coastal communities in our area as accuweather continues to update the path and timing of an approaching nor'easter. >> good morning. it's 5:30 now on this wednesday january 3rd. let's hear more about all that weather. dave murphy has more with your accuweather and karen rogers has your traffic. a lot of water main breaks. >> yeah we've got a lot going on today. for people who really love snow, they were hopeful at first with this storm and part of the region will see a good part. >> part will. the question is how far north and west the snow will migrate. the big focal point is new jersey and delaware and the southern two-thirds of delaware and coastal counties in particular in new jersey. a winter storm worn -- watch excuse me has been posted f

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